Wife takes steps in husband’s memory to help find cure for brain tumours - post event
After her husband passed away from a brain tumour, mum of two, Juliet Legg took part in a charity walk to raise vital funds for Brain Tumour Research.
Juliet, 49, from Sonning Common in Oxfordshire, was inspired to take part in the Grand Union Canal Walk this weekend after her husband Nigel died from an aggressive brain tumour in June 2012.
Nigel had been experiencing issues with his balance and vision when he was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). He died just six weeks later at the age of 49, leaving behind Juliet and their two teenage boys, Michael and Jamie.
This is the sixth year the 11-mile walk along the picturesque canal has been held and Saturday’s event saw 88 people and five dogs came together to help raise over £13,000 for the charity, with more donations due to come in over the coming days.
Juliet said: “Research into this disease is really important to me, as brain tumours can affect anyone at any age, but no one knows what causes them. I’m pleased my son Jamie could be on the walk with me to celebrate the life of his dad. Sadly, my other son Mikey is at university and couldn’t come, but I know he was thinking of us and his dad. I hope our efforts will help raise awareness of the current underfunding for research into brain tumours.”
The Grand Union Canal Walk started at the Three Locks pub in Stoke Hammond, where walkers treated themselves to bacon butties to start the day. The group then walked the 5 ½ miles to the Grove Lock pub, to enjoy a picnic or pub lunch.
At the end of the walk participants were able to enjoy a charity menu at the Three Locks and taste a specially created ale, "Hops for Hope", from The Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company. A percentage of both the menu and ale sales during the month of September will go to Brain Tumour Research.
Paula Rastrick, Community Fundraising Manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “This is always a popular event for us, and it was lovely to see so many old and new faces. Many of those taking part know only too well the devastation a brain tumour diagnosis causes. There was a strong sense of fellowship and sharing of experiences on the day, which is a very positive thing.
“We really appreciate all those who took part in the walk, as the money raised will go towards research into the cause of brain tumours and improving treatments and, ultimately, finding a cure.”
For further information, please contact:
Lexie Dabney at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 or Lexie.Dabney@braintumourresearch.org
Notes to Editors
Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK focused on funding sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours. We are building a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, £5.5 million was raised towards research and support during 2016.
We are campaigning to see the national spend on research into brain tumours increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia. The charity is celebrating a year of high-profile campaigning on this issue following the unprecedented success of its petition in 2016. Following that, Brain Tumour Research is now taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research.
Key statistics on brain tumours:
- Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
- They kill more children than leukaemia
- They kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer
- They kill more women under 35 than breast cancer
- Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease
- In the UK 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
- Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers
- Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age
- Incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing.